How was your summer?

How was your summer?

Today’s post is also featured on a blog called 1500days.  Please check it out! As I sit down to type, summer is within days of completion, which has no bearing on me personally.  The weather forecast is decidedly summer-like, and school has already started, the start of fall is merely a footnote on a calendar or the answer to a trivia question.  I was planning on writing a reflective post of my summer, fall provided me with a nice introduction. Let’s check the rear view mirror. This past summer was…

I mow my own lawn.

I mow my own lawn.

Who among us doesn’t enjoy some quality free time?  Certainly all hands should be raised.  Personally, I live for free time.  I don’t like when things get to busy.  I don’t even keep a planner, not on my phone, notepad, or written on my hand.  If I can’t keep things straight using nothing but my noggin, then its time to cut back a bit and simplify. Now that you think I’m lazy, let me tell you a bit about my free time.  First and foremost, I use this time to…

Other drivers hate me – Why?

Other drivers hate me – Why?

Like every other lemming, I drove to work today.  I pulled out of the driveway at 7:26, and arrived at my destination at 7:55.  For a wonderful 29 minutes I was a member of the heard, although not really as I have this odd habit of making eye contact with other drivers.  Clearly it unnerves them, as often they gesture frantically at the pole or guard rail I’m drifting towards.  Casually, as if everything is normal, I calmly drift back into my appropriate lane of travel. Some people are very…

Would you share with me?

Would you share with me?

Would you take a few minutes and come look around my garage with me?  I’ve recently cleaned up, creating actual usable floor space, and my workbench is free of clutter for the first time in years.  Normally, my garage looks like the scene of a robbery in which the burglars were unable to find whatever they were looking for, but boy did they search high and low.  My tools are strewn about; like vines, my electrical cords are twisting and chocking everything in sight. I also have all manner of…

Become an expert at something!

Become an expert at something!

How many things do you use on a daily basis in which you actually know how the item works?  Take my car for example, I know how to turn it on, I even know how to drive it, but how does it really work?  If it won’t start, or begins to make funny noises, I’ll open the hood, and peer inside just for show, but the brilliance of the engine is lost on me. I know that my refrigerator keeps things cold, and my oven makes things hot, but other…

Make some extra cash – Officiate

Make some extra cash – Officiate

Several years ago, I decided I needed a diversion from the wintertime darkness, the fact that this diversion offered compensation in exchange for my time sounded wonderful.  I spent the winter months officiating young student athletes competing on the basketball hardwood. These students were looking to develop character and leadership through the avenue of athletics. They would learn to thrive under pressure, making split second decisions, while also exercising their bodies.  Happily, I could be a small part of their success by guiding their understanding of the rules of the…

Need Money, ask Uncle Sam! Everyone’s favorite uncle.

Need Money, ask Uncle Sam!  Everyone’s favorite uncle.

I love to read the newspaper.  Each morning, Sam (my son) and I walk barefoot out to the curb and bring it in.  For awhile, I got it and he watched, then he got it and I watched.  One day it slipped out of the bag; since that time he has requested help, so now I grab one end and he grabs the other. If the newspaper’s weight was measured in knowledge, this shared workload would be necessary, but in reality we just look odd, rather I look odd, he…

My 2 year old needs a job; College is only 16 years away!

My 2 year old needs a job; College is only 16 years away!

As I’ve mentioned, I love reading the newspaper.  Lately, I’ve found myself paying particular attention to the classified sections. I’ve been looking to see if any farmers need help, specifically with driving tractors, looking for cows, horsey’s, or picking red tomatoes.  I’ve also been checking into the construction business with a particular interest in driving dumpers, diggers, and steam rollers. I’m gainfully employed, but my son, you see, is not.  He’s 2 ½ which means he’s a little late getting a job, that is if he wants to pay for…

How do you get to work? Options other than by car.

How do you get to work? Options other than by car.

Some days, I exercise for two hours, yet it only costs me an hour of my day.  As a lover of exercise, this ratio suits me just fine.  I accomplish this feet by combining exercise with my daily commute.  Allow me to explain; my car commute averages around 30 minutes each way depending on traffic.  Traffic, by the way, is something you never want to depend on.  My wife and I work, but in towns that are not in proximity to each other.  Wisely, we thought, let’s get a house…

Dressing your children – Thoughts from a color blind Dad.

Dressing your children – Thoughts from a color blind Dad.

Putting on clothing is hard.  Not the actual act of placing each leg into the pant hole one at a time, I’ve got that mostly mastered, but rather the act of putting on clothing that looks good with the other clothing I’ve decided to wear simultaneously. Clothing is a nightmare, when you add in the fact that I’m color blind, dressing to impress becomes a Sisyphean task. I’ve mostly learned to manage this challenge by only wearing blue jeans, or black pants / shorts, ensuring that I can wear nearly…